Conference Talks 2018

On October 26, 2018, 14 speakers and four performances took the stage as we explored the theme, IDENTITY.

Conference Talks 2017

On October 27, 2017, 14 speakers and four performances took the stage at our biggest TEDxToronto event yet; exploring the theme, LEGACY. Over 1,200 people were in attendance and over 1,000 more watched on the website live stream and Twitter. The conference took place at Evergreen Brick Works. This was the first year that both the conference and Official After Party took place at the same venue.

Conference Talks 2016

On October 22, 2016, 1000 delegates, volunteers, speakers and performers gathered together at Koerner Hall to be inspired. The 2016 conference paid homage to our vibrant city and its communities. It focused on new ways in which we communicate, innovate and problem-solve through the theme, Symbols + Signals. Four performances, 12 speakers and two tech demos left the audience in awe as we explored topics including, rehabilitation science, female sexuality, the future of transportation and the meaning of names.

Conference Talks 2015

On October 22, 2015, TEDxToronto presented 14 big thinkers, three unbelievable performers and one captivating host, surrounding the thought-provoking theme: Thresholds. The 2015 conference marked several big “firsts” on the TEDx stage, including talks from a professional sex worker and an international hostage negotiator. It was as the most successful TEDxToronto conference to-date, reaching the #1 trending topic in Canada on Twitter, with a combined global audience of 6,000, both on-premise and online. Beyond conference day, TEDxToronto hosted inspiring partner events, such the Collaborator’s Breakfast and the Innovator’s Dinner, to further ignite Toronto’s “Ideas Worth Spreading”.

Conference Talks 2014

On October 2, 2014, seventeen of Toronto’s greatest thinkers and change-makers joined together onstage at TEDxToronto to deliver powerful talks and performances that embodied the theme of “Relentless Pursuits”. More than one thousand delegates shared in an unforgettable experience at Koerner Hall, and thousands watched the live-stream online.

Conference Talks 2013

On September 26, 2013, more than 900 delegates attended the conference at the beautiful Royal Conservatory of Music. The speakers came from all corners of the city and spoke on a variety of topics related to the theme, The Choices We Make. Mark Henick spoke about suicide and his personal battle, The father of wearables Dr. Steve Mann spoke about sousveillance and the decision to wear a camera for the last few decades, and Gabrielle Scrimshaw spoke about aboriginal youth in Canada and the need for us all to act now to make a difference in Canada’s future.

Conference Talks 2012

On October 26, 2012, over 1,200 attendees gathered at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts for TEDxToronto 2012. There, they hear from a diverse array of speakers on the theme of alchemy, the seemingly magical process of taking ordinary, common elements, usually of little value, and combining them to make something extraordinary of great value.

Conference Talks 2011

More than 750 thinkers and dreamers, innovators and trendsetters gathered last September for TEDxToronto 2011. They took over the Telus Centre for Performance and Learning in downtown Toronto for a day of inspiration and ideas. The theme was REDEFINITION and speakers were challenged to upend the traditional frameworks that shape our communities, relationships and social and political structures.

Conference Talks 2010

Held on Thursday September 30th, speakers included community organizer Dave Meslin, playwright trey anthony, and Neil Pasricha, author of The Book of Awesome. Organized around the theme of ‘A Call to Action’, 300 audience members filled CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio. More than 20,000 viewers in 100 countries tuned in to the live web cast, and TEDxToronto was the top trending topic on Twitter the day of the conference.

Conference Talks 2009

TEDxToronto 2009 was held on Thursday, September 10th and featured speakers Don Tapscott, Peter MacLoed, Richard St. John, Tom Rand, Mathew Ingram, Charlotte Yates, Waawaate Fobister, Steven Woods, David Makepeace, D’bi Young, and Gavin Sheppard, who spoke on the theme, “What’s Next.”

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Philip Beesley - 2017

A future of living architecture

Jennifer Keesmaat - 2017

Taxes, democracy and our shared interests

Gurpreet Chana & Robert Mason - 2017


Gurpreet Chana - 2017

Hang Performance

Cirque du Soleil - 2017


Satish Kanwar - 2017

Why entrepreneurship is the future of work

Peter Sloly - 2017

No more excuses: better policing & safer communities today

Penny Oleksiak - 2017

Success & simplicity

Michelle Latimer - 2017

Lessons from the land: Peace through relationship

Linda Mortsch - 2017

The three myths of climate change

Jeremie Saunders - 2017

Embracing your expiry date

Gimmy Chu - 2017

The key to great ideas: exploring your abyss

Elicser Elliott - 2017

How graffiti can open our minds to valuing art and each other

Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo - 2017

The Bible: A queer positive book

Catherine Reitman - 2017

A guide to believing in yourself (but for real this time)

Hon. Ahmed Hussen - 2017

Two Canadas: My story of generosity and systemic racism

Toronto Mass Choir - 2017

A taste of Gospel

Nastassia Subban - 2017

Finding your spark thru vulnerability